Leonardo DiCaprio on Why He’ll Never Direct a Movie

Most actors harbor dreams of directing a movie of their own one day, but not Leonardo DiCaprio. For a recent cover story about “The Revenant,” which opens today in wide release, DiCaprio offered a lengthy explanation to why he didn’t think he’d ever make the transition to the director’s chair.

“I’ve been so blessed to work with some great filmmakers, that I’m probably cursed to probably ever work as a director myself,” DiCaprio, 41, said. “I don’t think I would be able to compare to what I’ve seen. There are so many things that come into play when you make a movie. I really don’t know how they do it. The truth is, the one thing I regret, if anything, in my long career having worked with the likes of Alejandro [G. Inarritu] and Marty [Scorsese] is not be able to be a voyeur and stand aside and watch what they do, because I’m only concerned about what the hell I’m doing every single day.”

“But,” DiCaprio continued, “it would have been wonderful to have someone document all the great experiences I had and learn from the decisions. That’s what you have to look for when you work with these directors. It’s these tiny little decisions that change something from being mundane.”

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